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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Real Diego
The Real Diego
Temporary Residence

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I assume this 7" single to be the debut from the Real Diego but can't really garner much information from the insert. I can't be certain but, judging from the name and the sound, this is definitely a west coast band. The sound is trademark western America with it's full, ringing with reverb guitar work ala Jimmy Eat World, Knapsack, et cetera. These songs would fit on that amazing Crank! compilation years ago without skipping a beat. To be honest, it sounds almost exactly like Sunday's Best, and oddly enough (or perhaps, coincidentally enough) Tom Ackerman recorded and mixed these three songs. A very tangible, grainy feel that has been missing in guitar driven rock the past few years, harking back to the mid 90's sound of the Promise Ring or Vitreous Humor in the guitars. The second song, "Things To Come," has some great tempo changes that really ride the line between contrasting and way too dramatic. "The Best Thing In the World" is a bit slower out of the gates but breaks open with the guitars in due time, ending with a nice fade out at the end.

This entire single, right down to the packaging and sound, has a familiar feel that I just can't place. It would be nice to know a and hear a bit more from these guys.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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